Installing Social Plug-Ins on WordPress Sites

By Andrea Vahl, John Haydon, Jan Zimmerman

If you have built your site in WordPress, there are special instructions for installing Facebook social media buttons on your site. Follow the directions below for a WordPress.org site; these directions do not apply to a WordPress.com blog hosted on the WordPress server. This is something that only a developer should try. Save yourself the grief!

  1. First sign into your WordPress account.

  2. Click the Plugins button in the left navigation.

    You will then be taken to a page that lists all the plug-ins that you have already installed.

  3. Click the Add New button at the top of the page.

    You’ll be taken to the Install Plugins page.

  4. Enter a search term such as Facebook Like, Facebook Share, Facebook Comments, or Facebook Recommend in the search box.

  5. Select the plug-in you wish to install by clicking Install Now underneath the plug-in of your choice.

    Since third-party developers supply these plug-ins, you’ll probably find multiple choices with ratings for each plug-in.

  6. A prompt appears asking if you are sure you want to install the plug-in. Click OK.

    You’ll be taken to a new page with text showing that your plug-in has been installed successfully.

  7. Click Active Plugin.

    The plug-in is now installed and activated. It should appear in the list of installed plug-ins.

  8. To edit the settings of your plug-in, navigate to the bottom of your left hand navigation pane.

    The settings button for your plug-in will either appear in the second tier navigation for Settings, or it’ll appear directly underneath the Settings button.

  9. Always, always, always test your results.

    Execute every plug-in you install as if you were a new visitor to your site. Confirm that you see the results in your statistics.